Water damage restoration service – American Canyon

Service: Water damage restoration - American Canyon

Critical Control - Restoration service216 Folland Dr., American Canyon, CA, 94503, United States707-289-6898

Property owners in American Canyon suffer burst pipe damage regularly. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a water line breakage, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

When a storm, flood, or burst pipe causes water to get into a home or building, water damage occurs more often than not. Sometimes the damage is overt and evident, while other times it’s subtle or even hidden.

It’s more difficult than simply drying the interior to repair water damage. Modern professional water damage remediation techniques like Critical Control, can often reduce damage that would normally require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines Are In Place and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners or builders try to fix water damage with DIY methods that can be found on the internet. This is inadvisable. Water damage can be controlled by following the established guidelines. These guidelines require the skills and tools of experts. The guidelines are set forth in what is known as IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guide exists because of the necessity of professional standards in cases involving water damage to buildings and homes and the risks they present.

The IICRC guidelines aid restoration experts such as Critical Control to evaluate the severity and type of damage to each project.

These guidelines are important for professionals who deal with water damage. In some situations there are situations where an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) is required. An IEP is an individual with the knowledge and training to evaluate the condition of a place collect samples, perform lab tests, then offer us suggestions on the nature of the water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s occupants might be at risk, there is a possibility of negative health effects, the people who live there have a desire to know the suspected contaminants, or some other reason that there might be concerned about contamination.

Categories and Classes of Water Damage


Restoration projects for water damage are classified by category and class based on the extent of the flooding of water.

The water entering the structure was classified according to the degree of contamination. Category 1 water originates from a clean source such as an unclean sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has the highest levels of contaminants. It could cause illness if it is ingested or contacted. The sources could be water that is not obvious as a risk such as the effluent from washing machines and overflows from toilets.

The water in the category 3 is classified as extremely polluted. It could be contaminated by pathogenic, toxic, or any other dangerous substances. This usually means contamination from the backflow of toilets from the toilet trap and seawater, flooding from rivers and streams or any other water arising from the building exterior. This kind of water could have pesticides, heavy metals and regulated substances as well as toxic chemicals in it.


The IICRC has also developed classes we use in determining the level of water intrusion on your property. The system basically serves as an indication of how much saturated a structure or residence is.

The lowest level of absorption by water and the most water is classified as Class 1. This is when the water comes in contact with about five percent or less building materials which absorb water. This is because most substances affected by water don’t retain or absorb water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and coated or finished wood are only several examples.

Class 2 is a term used to describe water absorption and intrusion. It’s about 10% to 40% of combined ceiling, floor and wall are composed of low evaporation materials like plaster, wood, concrete, or the masonry.

Class 3 is the term used to describe 40 percent or more of flooring, walls and ceiling materials are porous materials like fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. and also where other materials that do not take in a lot of water, such as plaster or concrete have not been adversely affected.

Class 4 means that water has become deeply bound in materials that do not easily absorb water like wood, plaster, concrete and the masonry. This will require more time to dry and special drying techniques.

How to dry a water damaged building or house


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are considered three methods to remove water from a building. Eliminating liquid water is at most 500 times more efficient than air movers. The faster the structure is dried, the more efficient. The amount of stuff to be extracted can affect both extraction and dehumidification techniques.

Water damage professionals use an array of extraction techniques. We employ a range of tools , including self-propelled and subsurface extraction tools.

Forced Evaporation

After the water is removed, any remaining moisture is dried with high-speed airmovers.

If an object is wet or submerged in water it absorbs some water or moisture. The substance is then damp or wet due to this.

The degree of saturation is described as the point where it is impossible to hold any more moisture. Higher humidity means that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation phase is when water molecules change from an in liquid state to a gaseous form. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In this way, the object will no longer absorb additional moisture from the air. This is referred to as the saturation point. When saturation is reached, drying starts.

In the evaporation phase, highly-efficient air movers dry the object from two sides. They create strong airflow which is controlled by a filtering system.

A fan that moves air can move 10 to 20 times more air than an ordinary household fan.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times faster than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

High-velocity airflow dry the surface and absorbs moisture drawn out by the airflow.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process.

One of the most essential elements in any water damage restoration project is heat. We employ a variety of heaters to dry out materials that have been damaged by water.

Electric Heating Equipment: These heaters can be used to dry tasks that require multiple heat sources. It is possible to run several heaters simultaneously due to their numerous wattages.

It is also possible to turn off or turn off the electric heater when the task is completed, but without impacting other heaters. This means you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of another to maximize efficiency and reduce your cost of energy.

Because they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very less water Electric heaters are popular in restoration projects. The only downside is they take longer to get hot, which requires more time to dry process overall.

Hydronic Bioler (TES) They are also extremely efficient at heating up quickly yet releasing low emissions. They can run on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers differ from electric heat in that they do not make use of forced air to distribute heat. Therefore, it may be challenging to evenly heat an area with these types of heaters. They also run at a lower temperature, making them perfect for drying tasks which require ceilings and walls to be left in place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used when there is no electricity to power electric heaters. Because they’re so effective at producing radiant heat, they are able to keep your drying area warm even when there is no electric power source.


To keep buildings and homes dry which have suffered damage due to water damage, we make use of Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can draw 170 pints of water from damp structures that have suffered severe water damage within 24 hours.

The dehumidifier in your home can remove water from the air in the same way it does an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier. It will also remove up to 99 percent of the mold spores that are airborne by eliminating condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is important to remove the hardwood floors that have been damaged by water to ensure that repairs can be made by removing the subflooring.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and replaced. The damaged hardwood boards require sanding down or replaced. When the repairs are finished then the entire floor must be sanded and then refinished to ensure a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

Floods can cause serious destruction to your home and cause it to be difficult and expensive. Even if the water is removed from the affected area immediately, there is the possibility that you will have to eventually replace the flooring.

It’s a huge shock to discover that your home is not in the best condition after you have spent many hours and dollars to restore it.

It is vital to identify the severity of the damage as quickly as possible. One of the first issues that must be resolved is whether or not the affected area needs to be replaced. It is possible to clean the carpet, then use it once dry. This can eliminate worries about the growth of mildew or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe It is likely that you’ll see noticeable marks on your carpet. There are times when you have to replace your flooring to remove the stain. Another factor that could cause you to think about replacing your carpeting is the persistent and strong scent. If it is then you may need to replace both your carpet and padding.

Then, consider if your flooring can be dried professionally before you decide to repair it or replace it. If you’ve got a reputable company perform the cleaning, then you’ll have a better understanding of how serious the damage was. We can assess whether the carpet should be replaced or salvaged. If the carpet you have is damaged, certain drying methods can cause further damage to it.

The main factors that will determine whether or whether the padding and carpet require replacement are:

Are your carpets dry and cleaned, or disinfected and cleaned professionally?

The carpet’s capacity to remain fresh can be compromised if the padding underneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry but the chance of mold growth is there if the padding underneath it is not dried too.

The best way to be sure that your carpeting is properly cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage a professional carpet cleaning company. After the job is completed, you’ll be able take a shrewd decision on the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall that has been damaged by water

The drywall repair procedure varies depending on the severity of damage. Repairing water damage can be as easy as removing a section of drywall then cleaning it and after that, replacing it.

On the other hand of the coin, serious damage might necessitate whole wall replacement, which includes the wall studs as well as fiberglass insulation.

The drywall that is damaged by water usually harbors mold spores which can not be easily removed. In most cases the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing equipment that allow us to determine where and how extensive the humidity has gotten. This helps us identify damaged areas and limit costs to the only damaged ones.

Water can cause structural damage as well, as it causes the material to expand or expand or contract. After the wood has been moistened by water, it becomes much more difficult to break. The wood will get brittle if allowed to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by owners of buildings and homeowners making immediate changes to repair the structural damage caused by moisture-related problems with their property following a flood or other damages caused by water.

Foundation Water Damage

Water damage to a house’s foundation can occur for many reasons. While not all water issues cause structural damage, it’s important to address foundation problems as quickly as you can to prevent further structural damage.

The water damage from foundations can lead to many different problems based on how it is dealt with. It can lead to serious structural damage if it isn’t addressed promptly.


Roof Water Damage

Water damage to roofs can be caused by natural disasters, just like foundation water damage. Along with creating roof leaks damage can also result in issues with the walls and foundations of a building.

Roof leaks can be costly and can have serious drawbacks. A leak in the roof may cause mildew and mold to grow, which can cause death. A leaking roof may also affect the roof truss structure and cause structural damage to the roof.

Leaks from the ceiling could cause your rafters to decay and soften if you do not take action immediately. Water damage to the roof could result from electrical issues which could lead to an electrical fire. There are many reasons to get roof water damage repaired immediately following a flood, or other type of unexpected damage.

HVAC Water Damage

Your home could suffer structural damage if your HVAC system is not working properly or the wrong equipment is installed. Your business and your home at risk in the absence of HVAC. It is possible for mold to grow and result in a range of serious health issues.

Pipe Water Damage

If you’re experiencing pipe damage due to water, it is most likely coming from a ruptured pipe inside your home. Once you have determined that there’s been an issue, it is important for you to contact a professional to stop the water and ensure it doesn’t cause structural damage.

A pipe that bursts can cause serious damage. When pipes are damaged they can let water into your home, creating extensive damage , and may require repairs for water damage – an event that could bring with it structural damages.

Shut off the water supply, and then contact an experienced IICRC-certified professional from a company for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you detect broken pipes or water damage.

How much does it cost to repair water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repairs and cleanup expenses vary. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown per square foot.

Can Water Damage be covered by the homeowner’s insurance policy?

If the cause was unintentional and sudden homeowners insurance policies typically cover the damage. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of damaged windows however, it does not cover damage caused by neglect.

Damage from neglect could be defined as wear and tear to the surface or object because of exposure, lack of regular maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA states that homeowners insurance will not cover the damage caused by negligence.

A homeowner’s policy does not be able to cover damage to water due to flooding. Flood insurance is mandatory. Mortgage lenders might require flood insurance in some areas. Flooding can occur as a result of storms, over-saturated ground, and surging or overflowing bodies water like rivers, ponds, lakes, streams, oceans together with high winds.